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Fuzzy Sun – The 50 best releases of 2020

The year is almost finished and it is time for my end of the year list, made by myself with extreme care. This list contains my favourite music of the year and is about 50 releases long. It was very difficult to make a selection but I really tried to add only the stuff I thought was exceptionally good and so ended with a really long list but I could not delete more bands, I just could not.

As you probably know this lists contains mostly Noiserock and Psychedelic rock and things that fit in between. Their is some very intense and heavy stuff but also some trippy chill hypnotic tunes although I believe this list is heavier then other years.

If there are bands on this you haven’t heard off I strongly suggest you check them out and that you buy the stuff you like to support the artists because they can use it in this sucky year.  Most of the links are bandcamp links so if you click it you can buy straight of the bandcamp page. 

I hope this list will make your end of 2020 a bit better, warmer, noisier and trippy.

Oh Sees

Ah Yes, Oh Sees or Thee Oh Sees or Osees or one of these names. One of my favourite bands on the planet. They have released three albums this year and all three of them are awesome and some tracks are more chill and kraut others are wild garage and psych.

Shifting

Extremly awesome Irish noiserock. Easily one of the better noiserock records of the year.

Population II

Quebec rockers Population II released their album on Castle Face Records (the label from John Dwyer from Thee Oh Sees) and it is a refreshing take on Kraut and psych and instantly one of my favourites of the year.

Reptoid

Jordan Sobolew is Reptoid. Reptoid is Jordan Sobolew. Reptoid is a one man noiserock deity. Reptoid is pure, raw, industrial tinged heaviness. ‘WORSHIP FALSE GOD’ is Godlike noise.

Metz

‘Atlas Vending’ is a bit different then their previous albums but they are as ferocius as ever and this album may even be more evolved. Metz is one of the leading noiserock bands in the universe and with this album they have proven it again.

Mong Tong

Mong Tong 夢東 are a trio from Taiwan with  the Brothers Hom Yu and Jiun Chi  who also play in ​Prairie WWWW​ (落差草原 WWWW) and Dope Purple. And now they released their new album ‘Mystery’ on Guruguru Brain. influenced by scifi/horror flicks and filled with samples and Taiwanese influences this album is extremely original and a fun listen from start to finish. They have released two albums this year, the latest one ‘Corps of light’ is more meditative and ambient. 

Blóm

Fast, wild, noisy and in your face punknoise. A very cool sonic rollercoaster. Listen to it and tell your friends and pets.

Locean

‘Top Ten Zen Meditations’ is all about amosphere, feelings, and intensity but it is most of all a very layered album wich makes you discover new dimensions with each listen. A brilliant album!

Napalm Death

I guess everyone knows who Napalm Death is. But this album, good lord, this album is goooood.

Moon Pussy

This is some groovy noiserock, riffs that wanne make you wanne wiggle. Buy it, you get a Cookbook with it too.

France

This is the most hypnotic album of the year. carefull if you press play, you can easily lose yourself for an hour or two.

Dirty Junk

Very dirty music, very very dirty.

Modern Technology

Riffs so heavy and slow it is difficult to do something else then lay on the ground and you let it destroy you.

Exhalants

Exhalants are intense and do not dissapoint. Very awesome riffs that keep on giving.

BENT ARCANA

The band is John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer, Peter Kerlin, Kyp Malone, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas, Marcos Rodriguez, Laena “Geronimo” Myers-Ionita, Joce Soubiran and Andres Renteria. Together they make this jazzy and krauty stuff that is really nice for the ears.

Bruges

Bruges creates a very eerie atmosphere on their new records, one that easily grips you vy the balls and does not loosen.

Fuzz

Ty Segal and his buds made this really cool records that filled with heavy psych and garage with some winks to Black Sabbath.

Couch Slut

Fast paces, riff fueled noiserock of the highest order. Wild!

Pretty Lightning

Always been a fan of Pretty Lightning, their hypnotic tunes are very good in their louder strongs as in their softer tracks.

Black Pus

lack Pus is a one man band, and that one man is Brian Chippendale (you know, the drummer of Lightning Bolt). And he is back with a new album that is called ‘Def Vesper’ wich is a series of improvised songs, first thought/best thought, recorded over a few days from 2/18-2/28/20 on a Tascam 424 cassette 4 track.

Alex Maas

Frontman Alex Maas of The Black Angels released his first solo album called ‘Luca’ and it is a gorgeous psychedelic folk album.

Blacklisters

‘Fantiastic Man’ is a fantastic album. I said it.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

‘K.G.’ is a really good psych album and I am really glad we got at least on king Gzzard this year. 

Gary, Indiana

This newish trio has only three songs out yet but it sounds so promising it has to be on this list. 

Bruxa Maria

Noiserock so loud that is almost grindcore.

Casual Nun

Not so casual rock, filled with psych and noiserock. Cooler than you or your friends.

Cower

The humans in this new band called Cower are also known from the other bands they play in, Gareth Thomas plays in USA Nails/Silent Front, Wayne Adams in Petbrick/Death Pedals/Big Lad and Thomas Lacey in Yards/The Ghost Of A Thousand. Together they mix new wave, gothic and noiserock.

Kooba Tercu

Tribal and ominous. Kooba Tercu can mold sounds into something very psychedelic and intense.

The Psychotic Monks

The French band has proven yet again how strong their songwriting is on their new album ‘Private Meaning First’.

Luminous Bodies

Luminous Bodies (Terminal Cheesecake, Part Chimp, We Wild Blood, MGF, Melting Hand and Gum Takes Tooth)  released “Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh” on Box Records and is deranged rock for deranged people.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers

Frankie and the Witch Fingers make fast paced garage and psychedelic rock and are getting better eacht time they release something. 

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Thunderous riffs, stoner and noise on this great new record by PigsX7.

USA NAILS

The notoriously hard to google London band USA NAILS returns with their noisy postpunk wich offers eleven tracks of furious and noisy punk.

Michael

Michael is made up mostly of Bad Guys, Notorious Hi-Fi Killers, Hag, Lucozade, Black Shape and Princess Headbutt members. give it a spin, you will be addicted instantly.

Fake Indians

Fake Indians are a band from Antwerp, Belgium with and insane level of rocknroll, heavy fuzz and punk atmosphere. “The Pest” is one of those albums that is impossible to pin down, to much energy, to much of a fuck you.

All Them Witches

All Them Witchers is one of these bands that are always good for me, the music from All Them Witches always swings between psychedelic rock, blues rock and stoner and it is always good in my opinion. I always love their softer tracks too, on most albums you get a track like that and this time we get ‘Everest’ and ‘Children of Coyote Woman’

Eye Flys

Long ango I listenened mostly to metal but for years now I have been listening mostly to psych and noiserock and here and there some metal albums but I have to say this Eyes Flys band with members of Full of Hell, Backslider and Triac and stuff brings it all back for me. This is just no nonsense riffing heaviness. 

DEAD

“Raving Drooling” is an album made of riffs, riffs that we need, that you need, riffs that i am pretty sure could save us against the virus, they are so heavy and dense they could level a building with the first chord of the first track. 

S.H.I.T.

S.H.I.T. makes really really dirty hardcore punk, the kind that sounds vomity and agressive

SEX SWING

Type II” is out on Rocket Recordings! The album by Sex Swing (members an contributers from Mugstar, Bonnacons of a Doom, Part Chimp, Dethscalator, Earth, Dead Neanderthalls and Idles and who the hell knows who else) is released and is a ominous feast. The music Sex Swing makes is something in the psych/noise/postpunk spectrum but it is pretty bleak, their is an unnerving atmopshere throughout the whole album

Raspberry Bulbs

Well this is quite something, this NY band is called Raspberry Bulbs and makes the most dirty punk and noiserock I have heard in a while. Their music is raw, catchy and really really dirty. Their new album “Before The Age of Mirrors” is freshly released and contains 13 tracks of singalong heaviness, you can just feel the fuck you punk attitude dripping of this record.

Wasted Shirt

It is not so surprising that this new album “Fungus II” by Wasted Shirt (Ty Segall and Brian Chippendale) is extremely enjoyable. These are two are masterperformers and original rockers that have released a crapload of awesome music in the past. Put these two together and you get some kind of fast paced noise and garagerock. This LP is superfast and superfun to listen to.

Crowd of Chairs 

Very intense Belgian noiserock!

HEADS.

Heads. released their new album ‘Push’. This German trio has upped their game it seems after their previous album ‘Collider’. This album is a perfect dose of noiserock and postpunk. The chaos and agressive guitars combine perfect with the vocals. This album is really strong, the sound quality is superb and the tracks alternate between brutal and eerie postpunk.

Lovely Wife

Ominous drone and saxy sound + evil vocals. Yes Please.

Mummise Guns

Mummise Gunes is made of members of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs PigsTerminal CheesecakeLuminous BodiesCasual NunGHOLDBlack Shape, and Michael. I expected a lot and I got a lot.

Human Worth Vol I and II

The first release from Human Worth kinda blew my mind.  The label put together and incredible list of artists that each gave a track, a new one or an unreleased one or an older one. The compilation is to raise money for the Trussell Trust, to help support the food banks and people who need their support at this time of crisis.

Now only shortly after the release of the first volume (and the new album by Modern Technoly, wich is immense) we got the second volume. Now all proceeds for the second record are going to Harmless (To provide support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals). 

Cronies

New York Cronies make noiserock infused with heavy psychedelia. They have not only released a new EP, they have fited us two!

Modulator II

very fuzzed out French heavy psych.

Skiska Skooper 

Fuzzed out Belgian heaviness!

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Best of 2019 by Fuzzy Sun

Fuzzy Sun mostly covers noiserock, psychedelic rock and experimental stuff. A new addition to the blog is experimental techno/industrial/noise but this is still in its infancy. I have the feeling there was a bit more psychedelic rock in 2018 then this year but there were still some exquisite releases. It is very clear for me noise rock dominated 2019.

This is my  end of the year list, my best of list of 2019. I tried to orden my favourite released a bit but this is no easy task, so don’t take it too seriously. Do take the bands on this list seriously and take your time to absorb their music. their are some absolute gems in this list. Order some vinyl too. bands like money last i heard.

Take your time and enjoy.

1.Girl Band – The Talkies

My number one of 2019 is Girl Band and I can say this with great conviction. The band is refreshing, implements different genres succesfully in one track. They do not make their sound more easy to become popular, on the contrary, they keep experimenting, this time very succesfully with electronic and techno vibes mixed through their music.

https://www.facebook.com/girlband/

2. Shit and Shine – Doing Drugs, Selling Drugs

This is in your face noiserock with the most dense riffs ever created. Shit and Shine needs to be a genre on their own, somthing like Swamp Sludge or  Zombie Noise. This is brilliant. Shit and Shine did it again.

https://www.facebook.com/sshitandsshine/

3. Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel

Lightning Bolt is epic, their new album is epic, it should be on everyone’s list. “Sonic Citadel” is everything you want and everything you did not know you needed.

https://www.facebook.com/lightningboltband/

4. Cherubs -Immaculada High

The cult noiserockers made with “Immaculada High’ an album so gorgeous it deserves to be high on everyones end of the year list.

https://www.facebook.com/CherubsTX/

5. Black Shape – LONDON

I am completely blown away by this “new” band . I can tell you I probably listened to their 45 minute track ‘LONDON’ the most this year. The track starts with about ten minutes of crushing riff, the riff is great but don’t think that is all the band can do. Please take 45 minutes of your time, I promise you, you will not be dissapointed. Out on Hominid Sounds

https://www.facebook.com/blackshape666/

6. Thank – Think Less

The Leeds noiserockers end up at number six with their EP ‘Please’. This new EP is the most original version of punk, noise, and electronics I have heard in a long while. Thank is on acid.

https://www.facebook.com/thankleeds/

7. Kim Gordon – No Home Record

Kim Gordon is making music for millenia and it is just now she released her first solo album. This is a solo album by an artist who is experiences, original, daring and she perfectly knows what she is doing and what she wants. “No Home Record” is exceptional and original.

https://www.facebook.com/KimGordonOfficial/

8. USA/MEXICO – MATAMOROS

Contender for loudest album of the year. With members of Shit and Shine. Destructive, aggressive, hits you in the face and when you are on the ground it keeps on hitting until your face is pulp, then burns the pulp.

https://www.facebook.com/USAMexico-898437733523323/

9. Rainbow grave – No You

Oh lord this is dirty, this is such a dirty mix of sludge and punk that it needs to end on place 8. With founder member of Napalm Death and Scorn and founder member of Doom and Sore Throat. Out on God Unknown Records.

https://www.facebook.com/rainbowgrave/

10. Naujawanan Baidar – Volume 2

I am always up for some new sounds and Mr. Baidar delivers these tunes. A mix of Afghan folk and noise creates one hell of a gorgeous record.

https://www.facebook.com/naujawananbaidar/

11. Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops

The Australian rockers made a gorgeous album, again. In my opinion this one is even a lot better then the previous one. A lot of different styles, a lot of tracks that are instant addiction for me.

https://www.facebook.com/tropicalfstorm/

12. Sly and the Family Drone – Gentle Persuaders

Gorgeous in their experimental noise, free jazz and drone. And “Gentle Persuaders” is by far their best release.

https://www.facebook.com/slythefamilydrone

13. Youff -If wishes were horses, homicidal beggars could ride

These nutcases from Belgium released two albums this year. ’20/20 Hindsight’ was so loud even I had difficulty digesting it. Their second part ‘If wishes were horses, homicidal beggars could ride’ is the more experimental of the two and really stuck in my head.

https://www.facebook.com/Youffofficial/

14. Shimmer – And I Revel

I don’t know how to tell you what kind of music this is. Is it demented punk? Is it smoked indienoise? forlorn post punk? I don’t know, all i know is that Shimmer rules and needs to be heard.

https://www.facebook.com/decoherencerecords/

15. Cunts – Cunts

Good lord, this supergroup (Dead Cross, Qui, Retox, Virginia Reed, Hep.Titus and Planet B) makes the heaviest punk ever. Slayer looks like cute little kitties next to Cunts.

https://www.facebook.com/ipecac/

16. Buildings – Negative Sounds

Gorgeous riffs, perfectly produced, heavy vocals! is this the perfect marriage between noiserock and metal.

https://www.facebook.com/buildingsband/

17 .Qujaku – In Neutral

My favorite band from Japan wich I know for sure they will conquer the world with their original mix of doom, psych and noise. They released an EP “In neutral” this year. Gloria is the strongest track of the two.

https://www.facebook.com/Qujaku/

18. Luggage – Shift

Masters in songbuilding, gorgeous noiserock atmospheres, slow brooding tracks. Their third full album ‘Shift’ really suprised me.

https://www.facebook.com/LuggageChicago

19. Henge – Nothing Head

With “Nothing Head” Henge released a powerfull dose of psychedelic doom on or planet. Released on God Unknown Records.

https://www.facebook.com/hengeyouprick/

20. Kungens man – Chef & Hårt Som Ben

The Stockholm band Kungens Man keeps releasing magnificent music. This year they have delivered two albums of cosmic psych. Verry trippy psychedelic music. Both the album “Chef” and “Hårt Som Ben” are great pieces of work.

https://www.facebook.com/bandetkungensman/

21. Dhidalah -Threshold 発端

High quality heavy psych and space rock by the Japanese band Dhidalah. Trippin cosmic guitar music.

https://www.facebook.com/Dhidalah/

22. Beige Palace – Leg

Not really easy to tell you what kind of music Beige Palace makes, all I can say is that is refreshing, original and goddamn fun.

https://www.facebook.com/beigepalaceband/

23. Moon Duo – Stars Are The Light

Hazy dance-able cosmic dream psych. That is what Moon Duo made and it rules. Tune in and dream away.

https://www.facebook.com/moonduoofficial/

24. Oh Sees – Face Stabber

Probably the most energetic band on the planet that releases loads of music. Oh Sees have done it again this year with ‘Face Stabber’. High energy garage punk tracks and long trippy space songs all on one album. perfect for trippin.

https://www.facebook.com/TheeOhSees/

25. BORIS – Love & Evol

Japanse heavyweights Boris return with an excellent album. As alway this band is very difficult to categorize and that is also what makes them so good. Take your time to listen to “Love & Evol”.

https://www.facebook.com/borisheavyrocks

26. Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska -The Ascended Master Teachings of Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska

This, this is a piece of absolutely stunning droning space and psychedelic rock. These two together make godly sounds.

https://www.facebook.com/SDBIA/

27. Aunt Cynthias Cabin – Mud Room #13

Aunt Cynthias Cabin keeps releasing high quality hypnotising garagepsych. “Mud Room #13” oozes trippy guitarsounds.

https://www.instagram.com/auntcynthiascabin/

28. Locean – Chav Anglais

“Chav Anglais” is very original and refreshing, bass lines from heaven, vocals from purgatory and guitar from hell.  A very succesfull experiment.

https://www.facebook.com/ArtificialHead

29. Black Bombaim with  Jonathan Saldanha, Luís Fernandes & Pedro Augusto

This is a very experimental piece of art. Tracks spanning more then 10 minutes. Very psychedelic and hypnotic atmospheres. Every track is very original and you can hear Black Bombaim very clearly in each track.

https://www.facebook.com/blackbombaim

30. Deafkids – Metaprogramação

“Metaprogramação” was released in March and made quite an impression. The Brazilian band mixes Industrial noise, tribal rythms and noise punk together and made something ubercool. This sounds like music from the future!

https://www.facebook.com/deafkidspunx

31. Levitation Room – Headspace

LA psychpop Levitation Room may have made the best hazy indie album of the year. They sound like the mellow, soft version of the Oh Sees.

https://www.facebook.com/LevitationRoom

32. Swans – Leaving Meaning.

Micheal Gira fronted experimental band Swans released their new album “Leaving Meaning”. This is an extensive and intensive listen.

https://www.facebook.com/SwansOfficial/

33. Follakzoid – I

Brilliant trance by this Chilean duo.

https://www.facebook.com/FOLLAKZOID/

34. 10000 Russos – Kompromat

Groovy psych. Risk of losing yourself in trance!

https://www.facebook.com/10000Russos/

35. MoE – La Bufa

Agressive noisepunk from Oslo. Their latest “La Bufa”  is MoE at their peak.

https://www.facebook.com/moepages/

36. L’EPEE – Diabolique

Put Anton Newcombe, Emmanuelle Seigner , Marie and Lionel from the Limiñanas together and then you get this awesome psych project.

https://www.facebook.com/lepeemusic/

37. Moon Pussy – Band Meating

Moon Pussy is one of my favourite new noiserock bands. “Band Meating” is loud, raw and ready to destroy your face.

https://www.facebook.com/MoonPu55y/

38. The Cosmic Dead – Scottisch Space Race

Their most trippy and heavy album to date.

https://www.facebook.com/thecosmicdead

39. Pink Room – Zum Kotsen

Belgium’s own noisepunk wonder.

https://www.facebook.com/pinkroomofficial/

40. Dead Kaczinsky – Yakuza Attack Dog

An incredibly powerful noisepunk EP by a new band ready to rule the underground.

https://www.facebook.com/deadkaczynski/

41. Possum – Space Grade Assembly

Put Black Sabbath, Ty Segall and Oh Sees in a blender and you get the new band Possum.

https://www.facebook.com/possumyyz

42. Allöchtöön – Allöchtöön

Is this too loud for you? Then maybe you should go sit at the kids table and drink some milk.

https://www.facebook.com/hebjijgezegddatikeenlulwas/

43. Tropical Trash – SOUTHERN INDIANA DRONE FOOTAGE

This is one of the most excellent raw punk albums of the year. Tropical Trash deliver no nonsense fast paced fuzz punk straight to your door.

https://www.facebook.com/TROPICAL-TRASH-140334799370234/

44. L’Eclair – Sauropoda

Not everything has to be brain melting noiserock, it can be fun groovy summer music too.

https://www.facebook.com/lesclairs/

45. Giant Swan – Giant Swan

This is the beginning of something new for me. Giant Swan released a gorgeous electronic album and it will be one of the first of the genre to be on Fuzzy Sun.

https://www.facebook.com/giantswanmusic/

46. Glenn Branca – The Third Ascension

The composer Glenn Branca died in 2018. In February 2016 he made his last work ‘The Third Ascension’ wich was released October fourth through SYSTEM NEUTRALIZERS.

http://glennbranca.com/

47. Pinko – You & You

The San Antonio three piece noiserockers released a strong punk infused noiserock album with “You & You”

48. Earth – Full Upon Your Burning Lips

Cosmic drone duo Earth made yet again a beautiful piece of work with their latest album.

https://www.facebook.com/thronesanddominions/

49. Taiwan Housing Project – Sub​-​Language Trustees

Music for when you are lost in the wilderness crazed on mushrooms.

https://www.facebook.com/taiwanhousingproject.official/

50. Krause -The Ecstasy Of Infinite Sterility

Brainmelting and destructive noiserock.

https://www.facebook.com/krause666/

51. Lovely Wife – Audible Beef

Thank you God, I mean Lovely Wife, for this epic noise.

https://www.facebook.com/theactuallovelywife/

52. Headroom – New Haven

Experimental Cosmic Psych at its best.

53. Vandal X – Blood on the Streets

Goddamn Belgian riffs and noiserock.

https://www.facebook.com/vandalx1995/

54. Alpha Hopper – Alpha Hopper

Raw and energetic noisepunk by the New Yorkers. Heavy, intense and entertaining stuff.

https://www.facebook.com/alphahopper/

55. The Psychotic Monks – Private Meaning First

Immensly layered hypnotic heavy rock.

https://www.facebook.com/ThePsychoticMonks/

56. Cocaine Piss – Passionate and Tragic

Belgian punk as wild as the name suggests.

https://www.facebook.com/cokepiss

57. Ungraven – Language of Longing

There are bonecrushing riffs coming from Jon Davis (Conan) so heavy even your mom is overwhelmed.

https://www.facebook.com/ungraven/

58. Drose – Boy Man Machine+

The reworked version, with additional new tracks is such a nice piece of experimental metal it has to be on this list.

https://www.facebook.com/droseohio

59. Pure Adult  – Pure Adult

New York  duo Pure Adult makes unfiltered experimental punk and noise.

https://www.facebook.com/iamapureadult/

60. Dead Neanderthals – Ghost

Very captivating experimental music by the dutch duo with a collaboration from Scott Hendrick from Skeleton Witch.

https://www.facebook.com/DEADNEANDERTHALS/

61. Trigger Cut- Buster

If you don’t now the noiserocking band Trigger Cut then it is about time you do.

https://www.facebook.com/Triggercut-742161089469022/

62. Whep – Whelp

I would love to tell you all about Whep, because Whep is great, but i don’t know much about Whep. I do know they released an album called “Whelp” and it is really good.

63. Macros – Macros

Noisepunk from down under.

https://www.facebook.com/MacrosBand/

64. Psychic Lemon – Freak Mammal

Very intense space rock by the UK band Psychic Lemon. “Freak Mammel” is in your face psychedelic wildness.

https://www.facebook.com/psychiclemon

65. Oruã – Romã

This Brazilian band made some excquisite psychedelic tunes on their new album. original and refreshing.

https://www.facebook.com/conjuntoorua/

66. The St Pierre Snake Invasion – CAPRICE ENCHANTÉ

Loud and full of energy. UK noiserock that is absolutely fun to listen to. en you face music.

https://www.facebook.com/thestpierresnakeinvasion

67. Chat Pile – Remove Your Skin Please

A late addition to the list. Chat Pile made really impressive music and you should take your time and let this heaviness seep in.